WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama met with democratic leaders today to finalize legislation that will effectively ban the use and depiction of assault weapons in American video games. The Obama Administration is set to add several amendments to HR 4783, a wide-ranging gun control bill, known as the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act.
The first proposed amendment aims to ban 30 round high-capacity magazines from violent video games such as the popular Call of Duty series. The law will limit “assault-style weapons” to a maximum magazine capacity of ten rounds. If passed, game production companies like Activision will be required under federal law to release patches for violent games already on the market. “By restricting the number of shots a user can fire, we are removing certain aspects of the attraction of committing virtual acts of violence. Essentially making war and violence less glamorous,” Senator Diane Feinstein told CSPAN.
Senator Feinstein is co-sponsoring the bill along with sixty-eight other congressmen, including thirteen Republicans. Feinstein says the aim of bill is to remove the glorification of killing from video games while also making it more difficult for individuals with mental health disorders to obtain them. Citing the Sandy Hook massacre, Feinstein said, “Violent video games are a gateway drug to the type of hardcore violence we continue to see across America.”
Under the new law, children under the age of 18, as well as adults with a history of mental illness will be required to pass the Rorschach Test, a psychological evaluation which must be conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist. Upon successful completion of the exam, which is covered under the Affordable Care Act, patients will receive a government issued voucher allowing them to purchase any game deemed “violent and hazardous to public wellbeing” by the government. A new voucher is required for every violent game purchase.
“Any individual who fails the Rorschach Test will not be allowed to retake it,” Senator Feinstein said. She continued,”Failure denies the applicant the ability to purchase these restricted games, while also placing them on a monitoring list set up by the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Department of Justice.”
The National Rifle Association issued a statement yesterday condemning the bill. NRA spokesman Roy MacNeil spoke to the media, saying, “The right to bear arms, whether interactive or authentic, is one afforded to Americans of all ages. The NRA will not stand by while any administration, present or future, attacks the God-given right of every American.”
When asked by this reporter to comment on the MacNeil’s statement, President Obama dismissed the NRA, saying, “The Second Amendment does not apply to video games.” The president added that should the bill fail to pass the Senate, he will not hesitate to use his executive power to complete the legislation, making it law.